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Author : Greg Olear
ISBN : 9780062059727
Genre : Fiction
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“All kinds of funny—raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny…a wonderful novel.” —Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets “Deft and funny, true and real. If you read one book this year, read this one.” —Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber’s Handbook Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and author of Totally Killer, author Greg Olear brings us a not-so-typical day in the life of stay-at-home dad Josh Lansky, juggling myriad fatherly responsibilities while dealing with the maddening realization that his away-on-business wife just might be having an affair. Fathermucker is a sweet, heartrending, often hilarious look at family life from the dad’s perspective that Nick Hornby fans will most certainly respond to. As Jessica Anne Blau, author of Drinking Closer to Home and The Summer of Naked Swim Parties so insightfully points out, “Only a writer with the verve, daring, and great talent of Greg Olear could pull off a novel that deals with sippy cups, masturbation, autism spectrum disorder, affairs, and play-dates all at once.”


Author : Erika Rae
ISBN : 9780988569409
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Devangelical is an irresistibly funny and irreverent memoir about Erika Rae's experience growing up in? and out of? the Evangelical church in the American Bible Belt. As an adolescent who is expected to be hot for God, and not boys, Erika dreads that the Rapture will come before she gets to have sex. All the while she survives exorcisms, radical taboos, satanic back-masking on records, muscle men for Jesus, and cool, mulleted youth group leaders. Eventually Erika emerges as a young, married adult in spiritual limbo. Devangelical is a political and personal exploration of h.

Perfectly Broken

Author : Robert Burke Warren
ISBN : 9781943486809
Genre : Fiction
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A novel of sex, dads, and rock & roll. His rock star days may be behind him, but stay-at-home dad Grant Kelly's life is getting more interesting by the day. It's the beginning of the post 9/11 era, and he and his wife and four-year-old son have traded a New York City apartment for a Catskills farmhouse, where ghosts from the past, worries for the future, and temptations in the present converge to bring about drastic changes in their marriage, their friendships, and their family. A gorgeously nuanced novel with unforgettable characters, PERFECTLY BROKEN is a story of human frailty, the endurance of the heart, and the power and possibility of forgiveness. "Robert Burke Warren's sensory acumen and keen eye for detail – emotional and physical – make PERFECTLY BROKEN a wonderful ride. Fantastic, sharp dialogue and vivid characters, all in a distinctive, captivating voice. A stunning debut novel." – Rosanne Cash, multi-Grammy winner, author of New York Times Bestseller COMPOSED "Whether writing about music, parenthood, or life in the sticks, every page crackles with been-there-done-that verisimilitude. At turns funny and suspenseful, heartwarming and heartbreaking, PERFECTLY BROKEN hits all the right notes, covering fame and fortune, love and death, success and failure, and fatherhood and marriage. A triumphant debut." – Greg Olear, author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller FATHERMUCKER "Parenthood, adultery, love, lust, ambition, loss, friendships gone to seed, a marriage at the turn of this century in full tilt midlife madness, with rock and roll in the bones and on the soundtrack. Warren creates a sensory world so sharply observed, the experience of reading becomes visceral. It pulled me in and I didn’t want to let go." -- Beverly Donofrio, author, New York Times bestseller RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

Banned For Life

Author : D. R. Haney
ISBN : 1427624992
Genre : Fiction
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For almost two decades, rumors have swirled around Jim Cassady, the quasi-legendary punk-rock frontman who disappeared without a trace after his girlfriend s apparent suicide. Though largely written off as dead, some claim to have had brushes with Cassady, now said to be homeless and bumming change on the streets of his native Los Angeles. Intrigued, Jason Maddox, a would-be filmmaker and Cassady fan, decides to investigate. But the man he eventually finds and befriends is damaged in ways he could never have imagined, and Jason s own life begins to unravel as he tries to save the hapless Jim Cassady from himself. A mystery wrapped in a rollercoaster account of the American pop-culture underbelly, "Banned for Life" has been cited as a "cult-favorite" by the "New York Journal of Books," with a reputation that continues to expand. ..".["Banned for Life"] follows Jason Maddox's serio-comic adventures in the underground punk scene, stretching beyond mosh-pit mayhem and barroom brawls to explore death and obsession and purpose. The author zigzags confidently between a resonant coming-of-age tale in North Carolina, "la vie boheme" in hardscrabble New York, and a tempestuous L.A. love affair...even readers ambivalent to punk will be drawn in by the peculiarly irresistible voice of Jason..." "The Nervous Breakdown" ..".this book reaches across the punk divide...[it] captures nostalgia nicely, without whining about the good old days." "Razorcake" "Haney's characters are super realistic. They're nuanced and interesting and you actually care about what's going to happen to them...the writing was so spot on that I often thought this book was less made up and more a fictionalized version of the author's life." "Maximum RocknRoll" "Every once in a while, I read a book that I think everyone else should read. A book that lovers of all genres can enjoy. A book that I wish I could buy for every single non-reader out there to prove to them what they are missing. ["Banned for Life"] is one of those books...once I started, I knew I was not going to want it to end. It called to me every time I put it down. It begged. It screamed. I savored every moment of it, and I dreaded reading that final sentence." "The Next Best Book Blog" ..".[a] powerful and affecting novel that hits all the right notes." "Largehearted Boy" ..".an engaging page turner...anyone who has an interest in the American punk scene of the 1980s will find plenty in this book to latch onto." "Big Wheel" "Banned For Life" is about punk rock? Sure, just like "Moby-Dick" is about whales...like Melville, D. R. Haney has created a world so rich in detail, so authentic, so damned cool, you want to take up a harpoon or, in this case, a guitar and join the fray. "Banned for Life" is literary fiction at its best..." Greg Olear, author of "Totally Killer" and "Fathermucker" .."..pitch-perfect, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartrendingly sad...a eulogy to dead friends and those who died trying to transform personal pain into something extraordinary...[this] is one of those rare books that tells the story of a generation." Chris Kraus, author of "I Love Dick," "Aliens & Anorexia," "Torpor" "

Broken Piano For President

Author : Patrick Wensink
ISBN : 1621050521
Genre : Fiction
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The greatest political allegory since Animal Farm, written by the most fantastic-smelling author of our time. Ever drank too much and forgot what happened? Don't be embarrassed. Deshler Dean faces this problem every day of his life. Dean is far more brilliant and productive when he's blackout drunk. In the last few months alone, he has invented a hamburger more addictive than crystal meth, scored a six-figure record contract for his terrible art rock band, and started dating a woman he doesn't even recognize. Worse yet, he has become entangled in the biggest war since the Allies took on Germany. When rival fast food chains duke it out for control over Dean's burger-inventing genius, Dean and his band mates plunge into the absurd world of corporate paranoia and greed. As the violence of the burger wars spills out onto the streets, it's up to them to win over the hearts (and stomachs) of the American people and save the country from the equivalent of a deep-fried nuclear warhead.

Stupid Children

Author : Lenore Zion
ISBN : 9780988569447
Genre : Fiction
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Jane lived happily in Miami Beach with her father until his failed suicide attempt and relocation to a mental hospital forced her into the foster care system. By chance, Jane is assigned to foster parents in central Florida who are deeply involved in the Second Day Believers & mdasha cult focused on the?cleansing" of mental impurities in their children, and the sanctity of the internal organs of farm animals. Jane is quickly initiated into the Second Day Believers, but her father's lingering voice prevents her from becoming entirely indoctrinated. Despite Jane's resistance, she is revere.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time

Author : Mark Haddon
ISBN : 9780099572831
Genre : Fiction
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'Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn't mean there isn't an answer to them' This is Christopher's murder mystery story. There are also no lies in this story because Christopher can't tell lies. Christopher does not like strangers or the colours yellow or brown or being touched. On the other hand, he knows all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7507. When Christopher decides to find out who killed the neighbour's dog, his mystery story becomes more complicated than he could have ever predicted. BACKSTORY: Meet the author and learn about the background to Christopher's story.

Old Silk Road

Author : Brandon Caro
ISBN : 9781618688712
Genre : Fiction
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Norman “Doc” Rodgers is in a world of pain. A young combat medic in Afghanistan, he’s eager to avenge his father’s death in the World Trade Center and make sense of a new world that feels like it’s fallen to pieces. Haunted by hallucinatory encounters his only solace is a barely concealed addiction to the precious opiates he’s supposed to dole out sparingly to those beyond help. Old Silk Road weaves a striking tale of permanent terror, hazy objectives, shadowy contractors and the toll of modern warfare on soldiers and civilians alike. In this tautly-plotted debut novel Caro, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, tells the story of a soldier’s undoing in raw, incendiary and hypnotic prose. It’s an extraordinary portrait one soldier’s frustration, confusion and ambivalence, written by someone who’s been there.

My Dead Pets Are Interesting

Author : Lenore Zion
ISBN : 098285983X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Lenore Zion takes readers on a journey down the rabbit hole of the human condition. It is beautiful. It is ugly. And it is brilliant." Tom Hansen, author of "American Junkie" "Zanily macabre, refreshingly irreverent, unimpeachably funny, Lenore Zion is living proof of Oscar Wilde's assertion that there are no dull subjects, only dull writers, because damn it, "her" dead pets "are" interesting." Greg Olear, author of "Fathermucker" and "Totally Killer" "Zion's fearless writing mirrors what's disgusting and great about the human condition." Tony DuShane, author of "Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk" "Reminiscent of David Sedaris' work in its wit, compassion, and honesty, but Zion's breathy, stream-of-consciousness confessional style is all her own. She reveals her most hilarious thoughts on topics ranging from face cancer to elder care." Summer Block "The most disquieting, surprisingly poignant and shockingly honest stories you will ever do yourself the favor of reading." Kimberly M. Wetherell, award-winning filmmaker "A really really funny book. I suspect a small camera has been installed in each copy, and every time we laugh, Zion is taking notes, plotting her next triumph..." Nathan Pensky

Totally Killer

Author : Greg Olear
ISBN : 9780061959981
Genre : Fiction
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“Smart, unexpected, and wonderfully savage in its humor. Totally Killer nails, without mercy, the mood and minutiae of a weary America at the end of the 20th century.” —Brad Listi, author of Attention. Deficit. Disorder. Debut novelist Greg Olear gets nostalgic for a recently bygone era with Totally Killer—a quirky, darkly funny, and fiendishly clever noirish tale of intrigue and suspense. The ’90s are back in this brilliant collision of conspiracy theory and pop culture that ingeniously blends assassination, politics, paranoia, Dick Cheney, CIA duplicity, and Duran Duran. The raves are already rolling in for this wonderfully twisted tale of an innocent and beautiful young Midwestern girl who finds a “totally killer” job through a most unusual employment agency in New York City. Jerry Stahl, bestselling author of Permanent Midnight, says, “The title doesn’t lie—Totally Killer truly is.”

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